Friday, April 23, 2010

T is for Time

Tuesday I asked all of you if there were any questions you wanted answered, and thankfully a few of you stepped up to the plate and asked me!!! I'm excited to take a bit of a break from this little A to Z Blogging Challenge... don't worry I've still applied it for today...

ACTUAL PHRASE: Time for Answers

See told you I'd make it work! So on to the questions!

The Alliterative Allomorph asked - How often do you actually read and comment on your followers blogs? Are you able to get to each and every one of them at least once a week? And if so, HOW?????

My rule of thumb is anyone who comments on my blog will get a visit from me that week! Normally it's a daily thing, I love comments and know how much they mean to me so I can only imagine they feel the same to everyone else! Now I can't visit 400 blogs every day, but those 40+ who comment... they for sure get my blog love!!

Justine Dell asked - Why did you start writing?

I'm sure everyone is curious about this. I had racked my brain for years on what I wanted to be when I grew up, I didn't have an answer, I wanted to be EVERYTHING! One day I sat down and asked myself "How could I do it all?" and writing popped into my head, now I've always written stories just never taken it seriously, until one day I picked up a piece of paper and a pen and viola!! I now call myself a writer!

Christina Lee asked - Are you in the query stage now or still editing?

For those of you who don't know I am indeed finished with my first draft, this happened just recently. I am now in the editing stage and working hard to improve what I had at the beginning. I know that won't be hard since my first draft is currently a war zone! So as much as I'd like to be in the querying stage I'm not quite there!!

Saumya asked - How far along are you with your project??

I answered this above, however just to recap I'm finished with the first draft and have approx. 15K words revised.

Crystal Cook asked two questions: First question - How did you write your MS so fast without getting stuck?

For all of you who don't know I finished my MS in 5 weeks, I think I had only one moment when I was truly stuck and it wasn't for lack of ideas. I had to bounce some ideas off of my husband to iron it all out to fit on the pages, however my muse bothered me so much that not writing wasn't an option. I worked 7-4pm came home, ate dinner and then began writing. I made sure to go to bed at a decent hour and when frustrated I would shut the laptop down and go to bed. I think that my getting stuck phase has hit when I started to revise. So I guess for every writer there is a brick wall to crush, mine just happens to be a different stage!!

Second question - What's your favorite band?

Hmm I can't say that I'm that in to music, I don't even know a whole lot of bands, however I do enjoy Paramore and A Fine Frenzy. Imogen Heap is also someone who truly moves me, and is great inspiration for my writing!

Amy Saia asked - Have you ever taken dance classes?

No, and if you saw me dance you would know this to be true! I'd love to take dance classes and do the salsa, and a little hip hop, but I'm your average white girl dancer, it's just not there!!!


Amber Tidd Murphy
Alexandra Crocodile

What's your secret, How did you manage, and how the hell is it possible that you reached 400+ followers in two months?

I'm a witch who spends her time collecting followers rather than saving the Wizarding World from Lord Voldemort (Yes I've watched a little too much Harry Potter).

I'm not sure how I've received all of the love, but I'm not taking it granted for even a second! I still notice when someone stops following, it makes me sad (Yes I'm talking to the three of you who left me yesterday) but if my blog doesn't suit you then I don't want you to feel that you have to stay! If I new the secret I would give it to you...

I suppose it could be the little secret sparkles I send to everyone over the blogosphere... here take some and see if it works!!!


Candyland said...

a) LOVE Paramore/ Hayley rocks.
b) I'm envious of your first draft super-speed
c) You are amazing and that's why you have so many followers

Christina Lee said...

Thanks for answering all the questions!! You rawk, girl! Oh and hey, if you ever need someone to critique a chapter or passage here or there, don't hesitate to ask!

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

Hearing your first draft was penned in five weeks inspires me to do better. I read on someone's blog recently that it's not about saying "I am a writer," it's about saying "I (do) write stories." For me, that was an a-ha moment. The verb I need to concentrate on is "do!"

Happy Friday!

Anonymous said...

I love reading your answers to all these!

I'm only following 200 (?) blogs and already I cannot keep up. I think it's amazing that you manage to keep up with so many! Your method of doing it, however, seems like an awesome one. Definitely adopting it for my own! :)

Laura Pauling said...

Thanks for answering all the questions! And congrats on so many followers so quickly! Just like books selling - I don't think there is a formula to follow!

Theresa Milstein said...

Thanks for the sparkles. I've been feeling less sparkly of late.

400 followers and counting is impressive. Keep going!!

I'm like you when I write a manuscript, I'm focused and bang it out in about five weeks. Then editing, which takes much longer, especially since I need other readers to critique my work.

It's nice to read other people's processes. Good interview!

JustineDell said...

Holy Smoly! 5 Weeks for your first draft? Do you have superwoman outfit under your shirt? ;-) That's crazy! But totally awesome!!!!

Thanks for sharing your answers!


Stina Lindenblatt said...

Love the picture. Love the questions. And Love the answers. I especially love the dancing white girl comment. That's so me.

Wow, that's a lot of love. :D

Have a great weekend, Jen.

Jen said...

Candyland - Awe thanks you are so sweet!!

Christina - I might take you up on the offer one of these days! When my WIP is in better shape!!

Nicole - You're so right!!! Good Luck!

Sandy - DON'T PANIC! That's about all I can say on the subject. Take one day and one blog at a time. People have to respect you can't visit them all! I do what I can!

Laura - You're so right, there is no real method to the madness!!

Theresa - Every person needs a little more sparkle sometimes!! Yes the revising is a little tough, but I think I'm getting the hang of it! Thanks to everyone's words yesterday I have things to work on!!

Justine - Maybe I do... maybe I don't!!! LOL

Stina - I love the love!!

Crystal Cook said...

Jen you are just awesome! That's how you got so many followers, because you are genuine and just a lovely person. :):) Oh and wicked awesomely talented too.

I'm glad you answered all these questions, it is so fun to see this glimpse into your life. And yeah, I can't dance either, I wish I could. And I LOVE Paramore too!

Robby said...

A Fine Frenzy! Imogen Heap!
I finished the first draft of my MS in eight weeks, so I guess we're just quick people!
I really can't wait to read Finding Me, when it finds it's way to the shelves. :]

Jen said...

Crystal - That means so much! Thank you for being so sweet! Ooo I love being known as Wickedly awesome! I think I have my W post, lol

Robby - They rock don't they!! I guess we are! Way to go on eight weeks! Awe thank you, I'll put you on my list of people to notify when the release date is!

Joanne said...

A fun Friday post going on here. I like the idea of your magic sparkles enchanting new followers from the blogosphere ... Your secret's out ;)

Happy weekend ...

Aubrie said...

Those are great answers to the questions! Good luck on your edits! Keep us posted about the query process because I love reading about that stuff. I'll be doing it soon, myself.

Jen said...

Joanne - It is out, I hope it helps everyone :)

Aubrie - Thank you! I'll for sure keep everyone posted! Congrats on getting close to the query process as well!! Good Luck!

Talli Roland said...

Great answers, Jen - and as for the 400 followers, I think it's because people can feel your warmth and enthusiasm practically leap off the page (or the sparkles!). You deserve it! :)

Happy Friday!

Jaydee Morgan said...

Love all your answers! And I'm extremely envious of you finishing your first draft in five weeks. It's definitely inspiring though.

I'm not surprised one bit you reached 400 followers in two months - not a single bit :)

KarenG said...

Thanks for the fairy sparkles! I caught some and now I will hit 400 followers by my birthday! Yay!

Karen Walker said...

Thanks for the magic sprinkles. I'm all for magic. It works.

Jen said...

Talli - You're too sweet! I'm glad you think so!

Jaydee - I'm sure you're doing a great job and well on your way to finishing!!

Karen G - Take as many as you need!!! I love sparkles they always help!

Karen W - Magic is so much fun and should always be used!!

Summer said...

Look, the key to dancing is just snapping your fingers, clapping out of rhythm, and awkward moving your arms at 45-degree angles.

No, really.

Jen said...

Summer you crack me up! Maybe I'll try that tonight... teehee!!

For all of you who don't like word verification I decided to take it off and after 3 minutes of having it off I received an anonymous comment about healthcare and a bunch of mumbo jumbo, so I apologize but the word verification must stay on! Love me anyway!! :)

The Alliterative Allomorph said...

You wrote your first draft in FIVE WEEKS? Um ... er ... yeah ... can't seem to find the words ...

Karen Lange said...

This is fun and interesting - to learn more about you:)
Have a great weekend,

Bish Denham said...

Nice to learn more about you Jen. Thanks for sharing.

Creepy Query Girl said...

Good questions. Good answers. I think you have so much blog love because you're so generous with your time and you've got great posts!

sarahjayne smythe said...

Ok, I admit it. You make my slacker self feel totally inadequate. But I love you anyway and will continue to come and comment. :)

magically ordinary said...

I loved getting to know you a little better!

Kirsten Lesko said...

Thanks for the magical sparkles!

You seem like you are uber-dedicated in many areas. The fact that you wrote your novel which such discipline reveals volumes about why you've had success with the blog, too. Kudos.

Alissa said...

As for that last question. I think the answer will be clear to anyone who reads your blog!

Eva said...

You reached so many followers because you are awesome! It was good to see your questions to these answers.

Nathalie said...

Ooooh this is such a lovely post. So interesting to get to know some more about you :)
And thanks for the secret sparkle :) ( such a cute idea)

Raquel Byrnes said...

Leaping lizards! How do you do write so quickly? Wow. Great to get to know you idea.

Anonymous said...

You are awesome. You took time to answer all the questions in a wonderful way!
I love the picture.


arlee bird said...

400 followers in 2 months is quite remarkable. Like you I attempt to show attention to anyone who has commented on my posts via a response on said post and a visit to one of their posts where I leave a comment. I like having followers, but I think it is important to nurture the readers who actually comment. As I have time I tried to flit about on other sites as well, but it is becoming increasingly more difficult.

I hope you will participate in the A to Z Challenge Reflections Mega Post
because I think you have some valuable information to impart to other readers.

A to Z Challenge Reflections Mega Post

B. Miller said...

Nice Q&A, I love learning more about you. Thank you so much for sharing.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Jen said...

TAA - I'll take that as a compliment! Thanks, lol!!

Karen L - Thank you! Have a great weekend!!!

Bish - Not to weird for you am I? LOL

Creepy Query Girl - How sweet are you?! Thank you so much!!!

Sarahjayne - Don't feel like a slacker!!!

Magically Ordinary - I'm glad!!

Kirsten - Enjoy the sparkles! Thank you so much you are too sweet!!! I try and say dedicated :)

Alissa - Awe you're two sweet!!!


Nathalie - Enjoy the sparkles!!!

Raquel - I let the story marinate for a few weeks and then write like a mad woman!!! Like to get my ducks in a row in my brain... then go crazy!!!

Tywo - Sweet as usual!!!

Arlee - Thanks for stopping by! You're so sweet! I'll think about the final posting, I'll tune in on the 27th!!

B.Miller - Thanks! Have a great weekend!

Jayne said...

It sounds like we are sort of at the same stage with our writing. Good luck with your editing! It has taken me ages... sometimes I think the end is never in sight!

Good answers to all of these. Sounds like you have a good writing balance going as well - congrats!

Kimberly Franklin said...

Great answers, Jen. I'm definitely taking some of those sparkles!! LOL.

I love Paramore too! LOve, love, love them!!! ;)

I hope you have a great weekend!

Wanda said...

Looks like you have lots of magic flying around at your place-speed writing and a blog bursting with followers. Have a great weekend.

margg. said...

Lovely to read about you :)

Kristin Rae said...

Totally agree with your musical taste!!

T.J. Carson said...

ha your blog is AWESOME! that's how you got 400+ followers! And harry potter is addicting, it's ok :) lol. And DAY-UM! 5 weeks is really spectacular! Sometime you just have to get it all out onto paper to feel that relief and accomplishment! Keep going girl! You Rock!

Kittie Howard said...

Jen, I think what comes thru is your sincerity. You are the real deal who happens to be extremely talented. The combo sprinkles magic dust on all around you and, in this era of so much greed, it's just nice to encounter someone who gives and doesn't always take.

Robyn said...

Awww 400+ followers so quicky, you lucky bird you! :D But we all love you for doing so well!
Question + Answers posts are cool~

Have a great day!


Ellie said...

Informative and fun; I enjoyed it!
Sparkles...You do shine, that must be it! Thanks for visiting my blog!

Susan Fields said...

The way you've built your blog in such a short time is an amazing accomplishment. I can't believe anyone would ever leave - I love it here! And I absolutely love that you comment on your commenters blogs - I try to do the same thing daily, but some days there just isn't enough time.

Jamie Burch said...

Thanks for the sparkles!

Amber Tidd Murphy said...

I can't believe you don't have a more solid answer for the secret to building your blog following.

*slighty jealous*

Mostly, though... I just understand why everyone adores you. :)

Angie Paxton said...

Jen, I think you've managed to get such a blog following becuase you are infectiously nice and positive and people are drawn to that.
I bow down to your blogger awesomeness. In fact, I gave you an award on my blog.

Charmaine Clancy said...

I know why you have so many followers - because you deserve them! I want to say a big thank you for taking the time to visit my daughters' book review blog and commenting, they were thrilled. You're one of the special ones who takes the time to encourage others, that's a beautiful gift.

As way of thanks I have some awards for you on my blog post today:

TerryLynnJohnson said...

that was fun to read all your answers. Great questions too. You have awesome followers!

Jen said...

Jayne - Good Luck with your writing and thank you for the sweet comments!!

Kimberly - You don't need sparkles you're already amazing!!! Paramore does rock!!

Wanda - Awe thank you! Have a great weekend as well!!

Margg - I love reading your blog as well, always a beautiful poem!

Kristin - I knew we were besties!

T.J. - You're so right it's awful when the idea is stuck inside your head but it feels awesome to write it all down!

Kittie - You are the sweetest ever!!! I really appreciate the kind words, they mean the world to me! I'm giving you a little sparkle :)

Robyn - Thanks!!! Always sweet!

Ellie - Love your blog!! You deserve some sparkles as well!

Susan - You are so nice!! Thank you so much for the sweet words! They keep me inspired!

Jamie - You're more than welcome!

Amber - I can't share all my secrets!!

Angie - Thank you so much!!! I have my award and will be giving it away tomorrow! You're too kind!

Charmaine - You have two special girls. I think it's amazing that they have taken on their own special blog to share books they love. I can't wait to create something like that with my unborn children! There latest post was so cute, I'm going to have to check out these books!

TerryLynn - Thank you! I do don't I! You should know you're one of them!

Palindrome said...

LOL! Did you really reach 400 followers in two months?! That's crazy! Great job!! Keep it up. ;)

I, too, love your blog!

Oh and side note, I thought you said you were following my blog but I can't find you on there and I don't want you to miss the followers contest I have started.